Artist Opportunities

Listings are obtained from a variety of resources and their inclusion does not imply an endorsement from the Kentucky Arts Council. Before making a submission, please verify deadlines and requirements with the listing organization.

Arts Jobs

Full time & Contract openings

South Arts

Our team is passionate about elevating art in the South. We take pride in our work to encourage budding artists and connect audiences. Openings include Assistant Vice President of Programs; Director, Arts Partnerships; Contract Fieldworker (Appalachian Region, Traditional Arts); Contract Fieldworker & Researcher (Delta Regional Authority Region, Traditional Arts).

Atlanta, GA


Job Opening: Managing Director of External Affairs

Artist Communities Alliance

The Managing Director of External Affairs will provide strong leadership, programs operations management, and management for the programs team, individually and collectively. The Managing Director of External Affairs will initially manage a team of coordinators and managers. They will develop a plan to grow their 3 person team by 2-3 positions within 2023, as needed to help meet ACA's strategic plan.

Providence, RI



Artist Communities Alliance (ACA)'s job board

Artist Communities Alliance

Artist Communities Alliance (ACA)'s job board provides listings of internships, contract positions, and full or part-time employment within several arts-related industries. We list job opportunities relevant to artists, arts workers and creatives of all education and experience levels.



New Opportunities

Creative Writing Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.



Writers Groups

The Bard's Corner Writer's Group

Hardin County Public Library

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Established in September 2002, this is a free and open group for writers of all levels and genres.

Elizabethtown, KY

Grant Co. Writers Group

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Grant Co. Public Library, Williamstown.

Williamstown, Ky.


The Capital City Writers Roundtable meets monthly in Frankfort, Ky.

Elizabethtown, KY


The Poezia Poetry Group meets every first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Common Grounds.

Lexington, Ky.


PenHouse Retreat Center is now open—a place for rest and creativity. PenHouse is a spacious two-story 120-year-old country home located in a horseshoe bend of the Elkhorn Creek in northern Franklin County. PenHouse is the perfect place to write, to host book parties and readings, to offer workshops or attend them.

Franklin County, KY


The InKY Reading Series is a monthly music and literature event held on the second Friday of the month at The Bard's Town in Louisville, Ky. This event is always free.

Louisville, KY

Ongoing Opportunities


The Carnegie Center offers a variety of classes and seminars.

Lexington, Ky.


Ky Story

The PEN American Center offers a variety of emergency assistance, including grants, for professional writers.


Fine Arts Work Center

Building on the Fine Arts Work Center's tradition of creative excellence and community, 24PearlStreet offers an engaging online learning experience led by nationally recognized poets and writers.


New Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

This Moment in America

Swamp Witch Studio

Audio Submissions Request, from everyday sounds to personal reflections, we are seeking a variety of submission types

Louisville, KY


This Moment in America

Swamp Witch Studio

Audio Submissions Request, from everyday sounds to personal reflections, we are seeking a variety of submission types.

Louisville, KY


TFI: Filmmaker Programs

Tribeca Film Institute

We provided funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities for entry- to mid-level filmmakers.


New Opportunities

Open Call for Novella Length Fiction, NF, Graphic Novels

Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot Lit seeks fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 29,001 to 49,000 words. Graphic novels should run between 51 and 100 pages. This call closes Jan 31, 2023.

Hillsborough, NC




Ongoing Opportunities

Appalshop Flood Relief Grants


For Kentucky artists financially impacted by July's historic flooding in EKY, Appalshop and Educational Foundation of America are providing direct relief to artists of all mediums and levels. The first eighty qualifying applications will receive a no-strings-attached check for $500.


Chulitna Lodge Creative Residency Program Fellowships


Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals or researchers to make and meditate. From visual artists, to writers, to scientific researchers, music, dance, and more, we encourage the gamut from seasoned professionals to enthusiastic hobbyists, to apply for our various programs.


Arts Residency Programs Profiles

Artist Communities Alliance

Artist residencies provide artists, scholars, educators and other creative professionals the time, space and resources to work, individually or collectively, on the research and development of their practice. Artists can use the Directory for as broad or as narrow a search as they wish.


Be An Artist-In-Residence

National Parks Service

The National Parks Service offers programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically two to four weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public.

Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN)

Kentucky Arts Council

Arts professionals on the KPAN roster are available to provide three- to six- hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other activities. Consultancy fees are paid by the Kentucky Arts Council.


New Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Emergency Financial Assistance

Entertainment Community Fund

Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their immediate basic living expenses (housing, food, utility bills or health care).


Visual & Craft

New Opportunities

mint condition

MidwestNice Art

mint condition will be our first exhibition of 2023, an online juried exhibition hosted here. The theme, mint condition, explores ideas of the new - new beginnings, being like new, changing the old into something new, perfection, and that buzz you feel when you have a new idea. The work does not exclusively need to be not shown before, you can share work that is new to us.




10th Annual DRAWN: Call for Works of Contemporary Drawing [DEADLINE EXTENDED!]

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works of drawing in any media relevant to the practice (including non-traditional approaches), any style, and any genre (fine art, illustration, design, conceptual, realism, architectural, etc.)

Cincinnati, OH

$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.



multi-FIGURE: An International Call for Works Featuring Multiple Figures [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works that include more than one figure, open to interpretation, as well as traditional and creative approaches. While certainly a possibility, this is not specifically a call for narrative works.


$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.



CHIMERA: An International Call for Works of Art About Hybrids [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit hybrid works where multiple unrelated elements are combined into one form, practice, or idea to generate a new and compelling whole.


$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.



Call for Art - Horse Sense

Lexington Art League

We all know what everyone thinks of when they think of Kentucky; the horse of course! Horses and horse racing have been a big part of the Bluegrass and life in Kentucky for over 200 years with Lexington right at the beating heart of it all. The Lexington Art League invites all artists of all types to submit their horse and horse racing related artwork to our spring group show.

Lexington, KY




Fantastic Fibers 2023 Call for Entry

Yeiser Art Center

Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2023 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center's most engaging and innovative international exhibitions, FANTASTIC FIBERS seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding contemporary works related to the fiber medium.

Paducah, KY




Down On Paper

Vestige Concept Gallery

In art, music, writing, and cultural communication through visual, literal, or transitive means, paper has been the common thread of all of them. In art, ideas that begin on paper often serve as the visionary basis for larger projects. Vestige Concept Gallery seeks to pay homage to the "great and simple paper" by hosting a visual art exhibit comprised entirely of works on paper, or made of paper.

Pittsburgh, PA




Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress

No. 7 Center Gallery

Thunderdomesticity: Damsels vs. Distress is a national juried exhibition designed to celebrate the strength of all women. All artists from the United States, regardless of gender, are invited to submit up to three photos of their feminist and post-apocalyptic art.

Vermillion, SD

($25 printing fee for selected art)



CALL TO ARTISTS - 2023 Arts on the Green Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Arts Association of Oldham County

Artists sought for the 2023 Arts on the Green Juried Fine Arts & Craft Festival to be held June 10 & 11 at The Maples Park in Crestwood, KY. Now in its 23rd year, this event features 100+ artists, food trucks, entertainment, shuttle busses, FREE admission/parking. Located between Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati. Cash awards/ribbons. Apply through ZAPPLICATION.org.

Crestwood, KY

Jury $25/Booth $230/Electric $25



USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice


Call to artists and application for the yearly SOS ART challenge and exhibit: USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2023 by North American Artists.

Cincinnati, OH



Ongoing Opportunities

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medic


American Craft Made Online Artists Directory

American Craft Council

Apply now to join the American Craft Made Online Artists Directory! Join our community and we'll help you share your story and sell your work to our focused audience of craft enthusiasts. Applications are always open and will be reviewed on a scheduled basis. The current application cycle closes December 31.

Pittsburgh, PA

$10 application fee / $350 annual listing fee if accepted


Call For Artists

B3 Gallery

Nashville, IN

Artist Residency Greek Island

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

Greek Island of Skopelos


Local Language

Oakland, CA


Looking for KENTUCKY based artists to show work at the Pendelton Arts Center

Ashland, KY

Call to artists and designers | Design Challenge



Yeiser Art Center

Paducah, KY

Looking to sell your work? The Yeiser Art Center is seeking consignment artwork to sell in the Gallery Store. All original art and craft media will be considered and selection will be based upon quality and marketability. Those interested in submitting work should send five to ten samples of their work, price list, contact information, a short biography and consideration about how the work should be displayed.